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Linux News for Mar 28, 2001

  • LinuxPR: CLIQ 2001 Set to Rock the Rockies! (Mar 28, 2001, 23:34)
    "Stellar speaker lineup will make this premiere event for the Rocky Mountain region the best yet."

  • LinuxPR: SuSE Linux Releases SuSE Linux 7.1 PowerPC Edition (Mar 28, 2001, 23:16)
    "The PowerPC Edition of Europe's bestseller Linux available in early April."

  • AllLinuxDevices PR: Sequiter Software announces support for CodeBase on Embedded Linux (Mar 28, 2001, 23:15)
    "Sequiter Software today announced full support for customers using the CodeBase Database Engine to develop applications for Embedded Linux systems."

  • LinuxPR: Announces Successful Deployment of Upgrade (Mar 28, 2001, 23:12)
    "Downright Software announced that, its leading LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySql, and Python) based testing solution, successfully deployed's application upgrade."

  • SuSE Security Announcement: eperl (Mar 28, 2001, 22:26)
    "Fumitoshi Ukai and Denis Barbier have found several potential buffer overflows, which could lead to local privilege escalation if installed setuid (note: it's not installed setuid per default) or to remote compromise."

  • NetworkWorldFusion: Patent flap slows multilingual domain name plan (Mar 28, 2001, 22:14)
    "Intellectual property claims have blindsided the Internet Engineering Task Force and could derail the group's efforts to develop a common scheme for supporting foreign-language domain names across the Internet."

  • LWN: Singapore Linux Conference/LinuxWorld Singapore 2001 (Mar 28, 2001, 22:00)
    "Now that the stock market craze is gone, the conference has diminished to those who are already using Linux or are interested in making money with Linux, that is, using Linux or other Open Source software to make their companies more efficient, more stable, more competitive, for less monetary outlay."

  • SuSE Security Announcement: joe (Mar 28, 2001, 21:52)
    "An attacker could place a malicious joerc file in a public writeable directory, like /tmp, to execute commands with the privilege of any user (including root), which runs joe while being in this directory."

  • DukeofURL: SuSE Linux 7.1 Review (Mar 28, 2001, 21:33)
    "With their latest release, SuSE moves to the front of the pack. SuSE Version 7.1 has emerged, incorporating features that users have been clamoring for over the last few months."

  • Getting Started with Networking for Linux (Mar 28, 2001, 20:48)
    "A network is made of several parts: physical wire and special hardware is usually dependent on what type of connection media you're using. An equally important component is the software that "talks" over the network."

  • Red Hat Security Advisory: Updated Kerberos 5 and pam_krb5 packages available (Mar 28, 2001, 20:39)
    "A race condition exists in libkrb4 which would allow a malicious user to cause kerberized login services to overwrite the contents of any file on the system. The destroyed file would contain the kerberos credentials of an unsuspecting user who had attempted to log in using the kerberized login service being exploited."

  • Conectiva Linux Security Announcement - sgml-tools (Mar 28, 2001, 20:29)
    "Previous releases of the sgml-tools package create temporary files with poor permissions, tipically allowing world-read access."

  • AllLinuxDevices: OEone To Build Operating Environment Platform Using Mozilla (Mar 28, 2001, 20:21)
    "OEone Corporation, a leading software developer for a new class of Internet devices, today announced that it is building its Operating Environment platform on Mozilla Open-Source Internet client technology."

  • Linux Documentation Project Weekly News 2001-03-27 (Mar 28, 2001, 20:11)
    "The Linux Documentation Project is developing free, high quality documentation for the GNU/Linux operating system. This includes the creation of HOWTOs and Guides, and collaboration with other documentation groups."

  • Alan Cox: Linux 2.4.2-ac27 (Mar 28, 2001, 18:57)
    Download links and changelog within.

  • Apache Today: Apache 2.0.15 released as an alpha (Mar 28, 2001, 18:03)
    "This release is the first release to use the new release process. This process allows the Apache developers to more easily determine the quality of any release. Instead of tagging any release as an alpha or beta from now on, all releases will be available as numbered releases, and the release status will only be available in the tarball name."

  • Community: The Aureal Linux Driver Petition (Mar 28, 2001, 18:00)
    A reader wrote in to let us know about a petition drive for Aureal sound chipsets. Beta Linux drivers were in progress when Aureal folded not too long ago, and incompatibilities with VIA chipsets requires access to driver source, now in the hands of Creative.

  • The Register: Risks from hybrid Linux / Windows virus low (Mar 28, 2001, 16:33)
    "David Millard, technical manger of Command Software (a seperate anti-virus firm to Central Command), said there were fewer than 10 viruses that infect Linux systems and he said the bug should be treated as a "proof of concept" rather than anything more serious."

  • LinuxPlanet: .comment: Little-Iron Chef (Mar 28, 2001, 16:19)
    When is Linux like "Iron Chef" and "Junkyard Wars"? When you're spending your days playing with old hardware and a bleeding edge distro. Dennis Powell picked up some old toys for a song and was reminded after ten epic days of struggle that sometimes yesterday's software is best for yesterday's hardware. Read about Dennis' visit to the hardware boneyard, and learn why he says Linux distributions can no longer claim to run on minimal hardware.

  • The Register: Highly destructive Linux worm mutating (Mar 28, 2001, 15:31)
    "The recently discovered Lion worm, which attacks Linux BIND (DNS) servers, is turning out to be one nasty little package which leaves infected victims with no choice but to re-format their entire systems and rebuild from scratch."

  • Survey Results from SuSE: Users Believe Linux is more stable, 23% Will Consider Switch (Mar 28, 2001, 13:53)
    "German Linux company SuSE and market research firm TNS EMNID have released some of the results of a survey that indicates 23 percent of the PC users interviewed will consider switching to Linux when they upgrade their equipment."

  • The Register: MS proprietary tech undermines HailStorm - analyst (Mar 28, 2001, 12:36)
    A couple of days ago a reader asked "has the Kerberos solution within Hailstorm become more open?" The Register says no and notes Bloor Research, which comments that through Kerberos, Hailstorm could be "one of the biggest lock-ins the industry has seen. Effectively Microsoft will be able to exploit and leverage their client server base straight through the data-center right the way up to the cloud."

  • Australian IT: Restricting DVDs 'illegal' (Mar 28, 2001, 09:05)
    "Regional restrictions on DVDs could be an anti-competitive practice and a breach of the Trade Practices Act, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has warned."

  • Yahoo/Reuters: First Virus to Infect Both Windows, Linux Emerges (Mar 28, 2001, 09:04)
    "A computer virus that can infect PCs running either the ubiquitous Windows operating system or the increasingly popular Linux operating system emerged on Tuesday, which its discoverers say is a world first."

  • The Register: WinXP Blade: MS' plan to kill off Linux Web servers (Mar 28, 2001, 09:03)
    "It's what they're designed to kill that's most interesting though - it's Linux....Blade servers are intended to be cheap, slam-in-and-go boxes that Web hosting operations can just peel off the roll (almost) and shove in whenever they need more server capacity."

  • ZDNet: SuSE 7.1 Professional Still in Minor Leagues (Mar 28, 2001, 09:03)
    Jeremy Allison of the Samba team wrote in to let us know about ZDNet's review of SuSE Linux 7.1. He writes: "The interesting thing is they say Linux is still in the minor leagues as a desktop OS and only recommend it for "Microsoft haters" and "cash strapped companies" but they give no *reasons* for saying this, other than "the cost of retraining from Windows would be prohibitive."

  • Immunix OS Security Advisory: kernel (Mar 28, 2001, 08:53)
    "The 2.2.19 kernel release fixes numerous security problems including the ptrace/execve race condition bug."

  • Conectiva Linux Security Announcement - licq (Mar 28, 2001, 07:49)
    "Previous versions have two vulnerabilities that could be exploited by a remote attacker to execute arbitrary commands on the client host."

  • Linux-Mandrake Security Update Advisory: vim update (Mar 28, 2001, 07:43)
    "Users could embed malicious VIM control codes into a file, and as soon as any user opened that file in vim-enhanced or vim-X11 with the status line option enabled in .vimrc, the commands would be executed as that user."